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Italian vs. French

ANNOUNCEMENT: Hello everyone! I have a quick announcement to make: I want to thank everyone for your support in the Versus Series. I have seen a lot of growth in your guy's participation and I hope that it will keep growing! I am going to put the link to the discussion of the Versus Series in my bio and there you will find all the challenges!

Alright! Welcome back our next challenge of the Versus Series is Italian vs. French!!! I personally feel that this is going to be the toughest competition yet!

In case you are unfamiliar with this challenge here is the discussion were we talked about it and the other competitions are here as well: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/25125242


We are going to put each language to challenge each other in 3 categories. 1. How it sounds (spoken) 2. How is sings (sung) 3. How it looks (written)

Now, what you have to do is vote! Choose who's your winner in this round. DON'T FORGET: we would like you to write in great detail why you chose the language you voted for. Let's start!

Italian -

  1. Spoken: https://youtu.be/lu1YrIoYgwQ
  2. Sung: https://youtu.be/Wdx5nGphnAI
  3. Written: Tutti gli esseri umani nascono liberi ed eguali in dignità e diritti. Essi sono dotati di ragione e di coscienza e devono agire gli uni verso gli altri in spirito di fratellanza.

French -

  1. Spoken: https://youtu.be/fiGF4s5taRs
  2. Sung: https://youtu.be/N-QfRTHFVWU
  3. Written: Tous les êtres humains naissent libres et égaux en dignité et en droits. Ils sont doués de raison et de conscience et doivent agir les uns envers les autres dans un esprit de fraternité.
November 27, 2017



I'm going with Italian on this one. I love French's irritable writing system some days, but at least reading Italian is logical. Plus it sounds nicer IMO.

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    In spoken form. I would choose French. French sounds more unique than Italian (in my opinion). But Italian sounds better when sung. I'll vote for French.


    My vote goes to Italian! I know you might hear this a lot but Italian sounds like a constant song. It is a very melodic language and the rhythm is what makes it sound so dramatic.

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      I personally like French better. The way it looks and the way it sounds is just marvelous! My vote is for French!


      I have to go with French.


      hmmm hard

      for the spoken, I'll go with Italian because of the alternate stress on words. it just sounds so lyrical to me, although i love the flowy way french sounds

      sung: french! im judging by the overall sounds, not the singer's voice. but it think it sounds more dramatic

      written: im going with french because of the accents, which look nice to me, and the fact that many words end with consonants. although they're not pronounced, they just seem satisfying to the sight for me


      This isn't fair at all, but I'm going to go with french, my L1. Not because it sounds pretty (I think its very plain) but because it has a special place in my heart.

      p.s Why are the songs so dramatic?? p.p.s I have a suggestion for your next battle: Spanish vs castillian???


      This will definitely be a battle for the ages! Haha. The French-Italian rivalry is quite classic.


      Italian: It's quite, energetic. I like the consonant sounds and how the vowel sounds are emphasized. I know a lot of people would describe Italian as "intense" or "dramatic", and I think it was clearly demonstrated here. French: Compared to Italian, French is a lot softer, with a more flowy speech pattern. It's really pretty, but that's just a lot of people.

      Italian: French -- 1:0 I enjoy hearing French and speaking it (despite not doing well at it); however, I find Italian to be more dramatic and beautiful. It does get irritating on the ears after a time, however.


      Italian: It flows well, and the different sounds work beautifully when sung. French: The different sounds works better here! It varies between really soft and dramatic all at once.

      Italian: French --1:1 I enjoyed listening to the French music sample more. The sounds flowed well and added to the substance of the song.


      One of the first things I've noted between the two writings is how hard Italian is--even the accent on the a in "dignità" is also quite hard. Whereas in French, it's softer; with all the cedillas and the etres. It is very nice to look at, though Italian sticks out at you.

      Italian: French -- 1:2

      I let my bias get to me, haha. French is a beautiful language in all the ways, and I want to aim towards fluency. This is not to say Italian is inferior as a language--on the contrary, I could see it as an equal. It is dramatic and vibrant, which French kind of lacks. But what French has is a sophistication in the language, with a tad of ordinariness which could let it blend in to a lot of things.

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